Education

Want to work in IT? SLO County will pay you to learn

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A new program sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County office of education is looking to pay you to learn the skills needed to work in information technology. 

The "Ticket to Tech" program is a 14 week course that will train 50 students on IT programs with the aim of pairing them with local IT companies once they graduate. 

The instruction is all covered by a $1.5 million grant from the county, and students will be paid $70 a day to learn. 

"What we're trying to do is find people with the right attitude, and train them for aptitude," says Dan Weeks, a business liaison with SLO Partners, a group helping bring tech jobs to the area.

"All of the classes are geared towards getting you certifications. Ongoing education is all about certificates and certifications because they prove your knowledge."

This makes it easy for anyone to apply. No background in IT is required to apply. 

"We can (teach people the skills) right out of high school, or moms returning to the workforce and everyone in between."

"People think you need a four year degree (to get in to IT)," says Amy Kardel, co-founder of Cleverducks, a local IT service company. "This is an opportunity without a four year degree to get a quality certification."

Top graduates would be placed with local companies like Cleverducks, Mindbody, and Amazon.

"We're excited about the ticket in to tech program because what we're doing is bringing global IT standards and certifications to the San Luis Obispo market," says Kardel. 

Organizers say they hope to attract applicants from Santa Maria and northern Santa Barbara County as well. Many of those that graduate can find jobs with a starting salary of $15/hour. 

The program begins on July 10, and applications will be accepted until June 22. 

Interested applicants should can find more information here

 

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